Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
What To Anticipate From An Na Meeting
It is natural to be intimidated by the thought of going for a meeting with this group, but it is essential to understand that members were once at the same stage as you are. It is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. The members are allowed to talk to each other during breaks and after the meetings but during discussions, only the person sharing is allowed to speak and people can only share their experiences and don't comment on others'.
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.
Terminology For Your First Meeting There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
NA Members use this term to call themselves, because they recognize that the problem is not use of a particular substance but addiction itself.
This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
New NA members.
When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
Opening up on your condition to the other members.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
The members who hold service positions in NA.
Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
It is up for you to decide which type of group you would like to attend, depending on what option you'll feel more comfortable with. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
The 12 Steps Of Na
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.
A person who's new to the group can find a sponsor once they've familiarized themselves with NA and has gotten to know more about the group members. A sponsor has been a member of NA for a while and is familiar with the 12 Steps and will be able to support and mentor the new member. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You
Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? You will have no difficulties in making a choice from the many options suitable for your needs and lifestyle from one of the 61,000 meetings, which are held every week throughout the world. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.